About 40 males abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants
Residents in a south-eastern Nigerian village have reported that suspected Boko Haram militants have kidnapped about 40 boys and young men there.
Several persons who have fled the Malari village in Borno State claim the kidnappings took place on New Year’s Eve.
According to the residents, gunmen went to the village in pick-up trucks and ordered all males to come out and listen to a sermon.
However, they say the young men were then rounded up and taken into a nearby forest.
Last year Boko Haram also abducted about 200 girls from a boarding school in Borno.
The group has been waging an insurgency since 2009 as part of its campaign to create an Islamic state in north-eastern Nigeria.
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